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1. Adobe CS3, FCP (for Macs only), Edius or Vegas are good alternatives. Check them out and see what fits your workflow best and gives you the easiest migration path.
2. Adobe pricing policy is a rip off.
3. No technical support in the UK. Only from the US and if I am not mistaken only installation support is free. For UK support I think you need paid support. Whether that is worth the price difference is a decision you need to make.
4. a. yes
4. b. yes
4. c. ? but not relevant for NLE
4. d. yes
I think you're headed in the right direction...Premiere Elements is a good replacement product for Studio 11, and Premiere Pro CS3 is a good choice to replace Liquid, although Liquid is a useful NLE in it's own right...all PC applications have their strengths, weaknesses......and....bugs.
Just to expand on Harm's comment 4 above. There is technical support in the UK as I have had them help me this morning.
Regarding downloading from the US - you can't. I had to get someone in the US buy the software for me and ship it to the UK. As I bought CS3 Production Premium, I had to have it sent to me minus the manuals as it is very heavy.
> c) SLI GPUs
As far as I know SLi only supports 1 screen. So if you want to run 2 screens, as you do, then SLi is not for you.
Plus as Harm mentioned GPU acceleration is not a major part of Premiere's workflow.
My statement about support is based on buying in the US, like you did. Formally Adobe in Europe does not support software bought in the US. That you got by is great. It happened to me also with CS2 (bought in the US), but upon inquiring about the price difference between US and Europe, Adobe explicitly told me about their support policy. Hence my remark.